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KEY HISTORICAL DATES

APRIL 27, 1950

Final passage by House of Representatives of bill
creating the National Science Foundation. House
passed the original bill, H.R. 4846, on March 1
by 247-126 vote.

APRIL 28, 1950Final passage of science bill by the Senate. Original
Senate bill, S.247, was passed on March 18.

MAY 10, 1950President Harry S. Truman signed the bill creating
the National Science Foundation. Truman announced
this signing in the morning from the rear platform of a
train in Pocatello, Idaho.

SEPTEMBER 27, 1950NSF's first budget of $225,000 was approved by
President Truman.

NOVEMBER 2, 1950President Truman announced his appointments to
The National Science Board.

DECEMBER 12, 1950The first meeting took place of the National Science
Board in the White House.

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